Taylor Fritz was absolutely thrilled and delighted after making his first round-of-16 at a Grand Slam. On Saturday, Fritz delivered a strong performance to beat Roberto Bautista Agut 6-0 3-6 3-6 6-4 6-3. “I’ve been waiting so long to make a round of 16,” Fritz said on court after the match, as quoted on Tennis Now.
“I was 0-7 before [in third rounds at majors], a lot of really, really tough draws – I’ve never really had a match I was supposed to win really to make it. "Today was no different, another really tough opponent, to do it against someone who has basically been my dad in my professional career – he owns me.
I said after the last match I felt confident going into this one, even with the head-to-head (5-1 in favor of Bautista Agut prior to the match), because I felt like I’m a different player and I thought I proved it today."
Fritz happy with the way his forehand has been working
“Things have just been really clicking with my forehand,” Fritz said.
“I felt like that was my big weapon in the juniors and when I came onto the tour, and then I lost it a little bit and just played too conservative in my game for the last couple of years. “It got me to where it got me but to really push that next level, the forehand has just been clicking for me, it’s become such a big weapon for me and I’m just playing so much more aggressive in the big moments”.
Fritz has another tough task ahead of him as he faces next Stefanos Tsitsipas. Fritz was asked what he would have to do against Tsitsipas. “I have to keep being aggressive on my shots, go for them on the big points. … I am going to have to serve big and just use my weapons," Fritz answered.